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The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest

Aims & Scope

New in 2017!

Contention is dedicated to research on and about social protest and political behavior. The journal advances essential knowledge of a comprehensive range of collective actions, social movements, and other forms of political and social contention. By providing a multidiscipinary forum to scholars within and across the social sciences and humanities, it seeks to promote scholarly exchange and knowledge sharing among them.

While recognizing the importance of the contribution that the increasing specialization of knowledge has brought to the understanding of political behavior and collective action, Contention aims to reconstruct the fragmentation of the scientific discourse by offering in each issue a coherent but diversified range of articles from different theoretical, methodological, and philosophical approaches.

Contention is directed to a varied audience, including scholars and students from the arts and social sciences, and in general to individuals with a scientific and applied interest in the topic of social protest and collective action.

Contention welcomes theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions; critical review of the current literature in relevant fields; and research articles that expand our basic knowledge on and about the antecedents and consequences of collective actions. Examples of suitable articles include but are not limited to:

  • historical analysis of past and present collective movements
  • social and political theory
  • sociopsychological analysis of the cognitive and emotional correlates of social protest
  • methodology of the study of social movements
  • pedagogical implications of social change
  • legal and economic implications and considerations
  • art through and from social movements

Current Issue

Contention 6(1) – Summer 2018


Social Protest and Its Discontents: A System Justification Perspective
Vivienne Badaan, John T. Jost, Danny Osborne, Chris G. Sibley, Joaquín Ungaretti, Edgardo Etchezahar, and Erin P. Hennes

Comic, Tragic, and Burlesque Burkean Responses to Hate: Notes from Counterprotests of Antigay Pickets
Rebecca Barrett-Fox

Digital Activism, Physical Activism: Malta's Front Harsien ODZ
Michael Briguglio

The Silent Spring: Why Pro-democracy Activity Was Avoided in Gulf Nations during the Arab Spring
Charles Mitchell, Juliet Dinkha, and Aya Abdulhamid

How Movements Are Mediated: The Case of the Hungarian Student Network in 2012–2013
Bálint Takács, Sára Bigazzi, Ferenc Arató, and Sára Serdült

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